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Wednesday, April 13
Women's golf at the Southland Conference Championship

Thursday, April 14
SFA bowling at the NCAA Bowling Championships
North Brunswick, New Jersey

SFA track and field at Mt. SAC Relays
Walnut, California

Friday, April 15
SFA softball vs. Abilene Christian University
3 p.m.
SFA Softball Field

SFA Planetarium "The Endless Horizon" showing
7 p.m.
Math Planetarium Building

SFA baseball at Houston Baptist University
2 p.m.

SFA bowling at the NCAA Bowling Championships
North Brunswick, New Jersey

SFA track and field at Mt. SAC Relays
Walnut, California

Saturday, April 16
SFA softball vs. Abilene Christian University
1 and 3 p.m.
SFA Softball Field

SFA baseball at Houston Baptist University
1 p.m.

SFA bowling at the NCAA Bowling Championships
North Brunswick, New Jersey

SFA track and field at Central Arkansas Invitational
Conway, Arkansas

SFA track and field at Mt. SAC Relays
Walnut, California




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SFA Board of Regents approves construction, renovation plans

Members of the SFA Board of Regents viewed schematic drawings for a new Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics facility during the group’s April quarterly meeting and voted to name the facility in honor of longtime SFA benefactors Ed and Gwen Cole.

“The Coles have changed lives at SFA,” said Jill Still, SFA vice president for advancement. “Funding provided by Ed and his late wife, Gwen, supports fine arts, audiology, nursing, student scholarships, faculty development, athletic programs and more. Their generous gifts have impacted student success, which was a passion that they shared.”
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Provost among appointments approved by SFA Board of Regents

Dr. Steve Bullard was appointed provost and vice president for academic affairs during SFA’s Board of Regents meeting Tuesday. 

Bullard has served as interim provost since July 2015 and has been dean of the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture at SFA since 2009. He also holds the Henry M. Rockwall Chair in forestry. Prior to his employment at SFA, Bullard served as chair of the Department of Forestry at the University of Kentucky from 2004 to 2009, and as a faculty member and administrator at Mississippi State University from 1983 to 2004.
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News & Announcements

Teaching Excellence Convocation to honor faculty members today

SFA faculty members will be recognized for their teaching abilities at the annual Teaching Excellence Convocation from 3:30 to 5 p.m. today in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Regents’ Suite A on campus.

An opening reception with music and refreshments is scheduled for 3 to 3:30 p.m. in the BPSC Regents’ Suite B on campus. The reception and convocation are open to the public and SFA community.
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Ralph W. Steen Library to host first Research Open House tomorrow

The Research and Instructional Services Department of the Ralph W. Steen Library will host its first Research Open House tomorrow.

Faculty and staff members are invited to attend this come-and-go event between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Wyatt Room, Room 106, of the library.

Library resources valuable to faculty and staff members and students will be introduced and demonstrated. Also, library faculty and staff members will be available to discuss how these resources can provide research and instructional support for faculty members and students.

Light refreshments will be served.

Early Childhood Lab and GETCAP celebrate National Week of the Young Child

SFA’s Early Childhood Lab, in partnership with the Greater East Texas Community Action Program’s Head Start, invites the community to participate in the Week of the Young Child, which is being observed through Friday, April 15, in Nacogdoches County.

As part of the National Week of the Young Child, Nacogdoches is honoring children and all those who make a difference in children’s lives.
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Soil Plant Water Analysis Laboratory offering discount on soil testing

Spring is here! Is your soil ready? SFA’s Soil Plant Water Analysis Laboratory is offering a 10-percent discount to faculty and staff members on all soil testing analysis.

Collect your sample and drop it off at the soils lab located in the Agriculture Building, Room 122, on Wilson Drive. Results include nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and lime requirements that any landowner could use to grow a healthy yard, bumper crop garden or high-yield hay meadow. Each sample costs $9. Information forms are available here.

Family Consumer Sciences sponsoring art auction, food drive

SFA’s Family Consumer Sciences student organization is hosting an art auction daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Human Sciences North Building lobby.

The auction features work FCS members created. The bidding deadline is 5 p.m. today.  

The organization also will be hosting a food drive for the SFA Food Pantry. Bring donations to the Education Annex Building or the Human Sciences North and South Buildings by Sunday, May 1.

Suggested items include: any canned goods, rice, peanut butter and jelly, and spices.

Tipton Ford Lincoln of Nacogdoches sponsoring mass communication students

Dr. John Allen Hendricks, chair of SFA’s Department of Mass Communication, left, accepts a check from Neal Slaten, president of Tipton Ford Lincoln of Nacogdoches. The dealership is sponsoring mass communication students in an upcoming trip to the National Student Advertising Competition, which will be held tomorrow through Saturday, April 16, in Lubbock.

SFA students have spent two semesters building a campaign for the national client Snapple, which includes research, strategy, paid and earned media, creative, print, broadcast, jingles, digital and retail in-store activation tactics. Students will compete against universities from Texas, Louisiana, Kansas, Arkansas and Oklahoma.
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Career Services to offer Winning Job-Search Strategies for Seniors

Career Services is offering a Winning Job-Search Strategies for Seniors event from 4 to 5 p.m. today in the Thomas J. Rusk Building, Room 333, on the SFA campus.

Faculty members are urged to encourage students to attend this event where they can learn how to successfully job search and transition into employment after graduation.

Space is limited. Enterprise Rent-A-Car is sponsoring the event.

Department of Agriculture invites faculty, staff members to Breakfast on the Farm

SFA’s Department of Agriculture invites faculty and staff members to Breakfast on the Farm from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 30, at the Walter C. Todd Agricultural Research Center, SFA Beef Farm, 442 CR 123 off Highway 259 North.

Pick up a breakfast ticket between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. beginning today at the SFA Agriculture Building office, located on Wilson Drive. Tickets are limited.

This event includes a free pancake breakfast (with ticket). Attendees can explore the farm, see farm animals, take a hayride and enjoy farm activities, all free of charge.

For more information, contact Dr. Erin Brown, associate professor of animal science at SFA, at (936) 468-3705 or browneg@sfasu.edu.

SFA Gardens’ Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series to feature horticulture professor tomorrow

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. tomorrow in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St., in Nacogdoches. Dr. Mike Arnold, Texas A&M University horticulture professor, will present “Sifting Ashes for a Phoenix and Other Tales from the Former Texas A&M Horticulture Garden.”

Arnold earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in landscape horticulture from Ohio State University before receiving his doctoral degree in horticulture from North Carolina State University. After a brief stint at Tennessee Tech University, Arnold assumed a position as assistant professor of landscape horticulture at Texas A&M University, where he has progressed through the ranks to professor.
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Barnes & Noble Bookstore holding T-shirt sale through Thursday

The Barnes & Noble Bookstore in the SFA Baker Pattillo Student Center is having a flash sale today and tomorrow. All SFA Spirit Apparel tees will be 25 percent off - no exceptions and all vendors are included.

Campus Recreation

Women's self-defense class scheduled for April 19

SFA's Campus Recreation and the University Police Department will offer a women's self-defense class at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, in the gymnastics room of the Norton H.P.E. Complex on campus.

This class is open to all women, and attendees will learn the fundamentals of self-defense. The teacher will be certified in the Rape Aggression Defense System.

Class size is limited. To register, contact Jessica Waguespack, Campus Recreation promotions and sponsorships coordinator, at (936) 468-6056.

Rec Center offers Parents Night Out

The SFA Recreation Center will host a Parents Night Out Friday, April 15. Children can be dropped off as early as 6 p.m. and will enjoy a fun-filled night of camp activities, a meal and a movie. Parents may pick up their children at any time throughout the night, but no later than midnight. Cost is $20 per child.

For more information and to register, contact the SFA Recreation Center Administration Office at (936) 468-3507 or CampusREC@sfasu.edu. Registration closes at 5 p.m. Friday.


Ladyjacks return to NCAA Championships this weekend in New Jersey

For the second-straight season, SFA will return to the NCAA Division I Bowling Championships, which are being held tomorrow through Saturday, April 16, at Brunswick Zone Carolier Bowl in North Brunswick, New Jersey.

SFA was one of eight teams selected to compete in the 2016 NCAA Bowling Championships and will enter the tournament as the number five overall seed.
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Guffey fans eight; Ladyjacks breeze by Lady Panthers, 7-2

SFA’s softball team, with the help of sophomore pitcher Callee Guffey, derailed Prairie View A&M University, 7-2, Tuesday afternoon at the SFA Softball Field. The Ladyjacks improved to 18-21 on the year with the win.

Guffey (W, 7-4) tossed a complete 7.0 innings while allowing just two unearned runs on seven hits. She didn’t issue a walk and struck out eight batters.
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Lumberjacks finish ninth at Jim West Intercollegiate

SFA’s men’s golf team fell one spot in the final round of the Jim West Intercollegiate, finishing ninth among 13 teams. The Lumberjacks posted an 18-over 306 during the final 18 holes, rounding out the event with a 27-over 891.

SFA had a pair of top-20 individual finishers as senior Luke Sheehan and freshman Angelo Leyvani tied for 20th overall at 3-over 219. Sheehan posted the low round of the day for the Lumberjacks, carding a 2-over 74, with Leyvani adding a 4-over 76. For Leyvani, it is his third-straight top-20 finish. Sheehan registered his team-best sixth top-20 showing of the year and the 23rd overall of his Lumberjack career.
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Three Ladyjacks among top-10 standings as SFA sits fourth at Southland Conference Championships

Three Ladyjacks are among the individual top-10 standings as SFA’s women’s golf team sits fourth following the second round of the 2016 Southland Conference Championships Tuesday at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club. SFA shot a 16-over 304 in round two and are 33-over 309 through 36 holes of the championship.

Junior Ann Holcomb holds the team lead after the first two rounds, tied for fifth at 5-over 149 following her 1-over 73 on day two.
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Fine Arts

SFA festival features new works by playwrights Heifner, Cariani, Miyagawa

East Texans can be among the first to hear the newest works by three acclaimed playwrights during SFA’s School of Theatre’s 2016 Festival of New American Plays scheduled for Tuesday, April 26, through Saturday, April 30, on campus.

This biennial event showcases the work of some of the best playwrights in the nation in a five-day festival during which each selected play is presented twice in staged readings by SFA theatre students, according to Jack Heifner, SFA's School of Theatre’s playwright-in-residence, director of the festival and one of the featured authors.
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SFA’s Trombone Choir to present all-jazz program tomorrow

The Trombone Choir at SFA will perform at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The concert will feature the choir performing an all-jazz program accompanied by the rhythm section, according to Dr. Deb Scott, professor of trombone in the SFA School of Music and the choir’s director.
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University Series to feature Texas soprano Pine in concert

SFA’s College of Fine Arts will present soprano Ava Pine in concert at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in William M. Turner Auditorium as part of the 2015-16 University Series.

A Texas native, Pine continues to dazzle audiences and critics with her rewarding vocalism and compelling commitment to character, creating vivid and captivating portraits on stage, according to Dr. John W. Goodall, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts and director of the series.
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Children’s Performing Arts Series to present ‘Rumpelstiltskin’

SFA’s College of Fine Arts and the Children’s Performing Arts Series will present performances of “Rumpelstiltskin” at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Friday, April 15, in William M. Turner Auditorium.

Presented by The Panto Company USA, “Rumpelstiltskin” targets children in prekindergarten through third grade, according to Diane J. Peterson, Fine Arts Box Office manager and director of the children’s series.

Tickets are $7.50 for individuals and $6 per person for groups of 20 or more.
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